Why Does My Dog Turn Around Three Times Before Lying Down?

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Why Does My Dog Turn Around Three Times Before Lying Down?
Dog-behaviour expert Dr. Ian Dunbar explains just what motivates our canine friends to perform some of their more perplexing actions

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I’ve pondered this one for years and years and years. It could be to flatten the grass, or it could be [determining] the correct direction to face in terms of comfort, and safety, and view. It could be the dog’s having a good look around him before he decides to lie down because he will be vulnerable if he falls asleep, and… I really haven’t got a clue! It’s certainly fun to watch them do it. You just think, “Oh they’re getting much more comfortable now.”

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I have heard it is to get their spinal cord curved.
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 08:23
I heard it is an evolutionary trait that has carried on - in the wild, dogs would often lie down in long grasses so they would turn around to flatten the grasses and make the ground comfortable.
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Wed, 11/07/2012 - 21:28
I saw on a dog training show that dogs do this from instinct to tamp out predators, e.g., snakes in the grass, before lying down.
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